Orange Buns
 
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These bright and sweet orange buns are a perfect weekend treat.
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Serves: 12 buns
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
For the orange filling:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter (4 tablespoons), softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Zest of 1 orange, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk in a small saucepan over high heat. Heat until just starting to boil, then remove from the heat. Add the sugar, salt, and butter and allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the lukewarm water and sprinkle the yeast over it. Add the milk mixture and beaten egg and stir well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the flour and stir the mixture together, then turn it out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it until it is smooth and satiny, between 8 and 10 minutes.
  4. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it loosely with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise until it is doubled in bulk, about 2 hours. Punch down the dough and let it rise again for another 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the filling. Add the softened butter, honey, sugar, orange zest, and orange juice to a large bowl and beat with a handheld mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Generously butter a muffin pan.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it slightly, then roll it out into a rectangle until it is ⅓ inch thick. The rectangle should be 12 inches long and 8 to 10 inches tall.
  7. Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a small ¼ inch margin on the sides. Roll the dough up along the long side and pinch the seam together.
  8. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, each 1" wide. Place each roll into the muffin pan, then cover the pan with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  9. Bake the rolls at 400°F for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for another 15 - 20 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown. Take the rolls out of the oven and flip the pan over onto a cutting board or cooling rack placed over a baking sheet. This will allow any filling that settled in the bottom of the pan to drip back over the buns. Serve warm and enjoy.
Recipe by Today We Bake at http://www.todaywebake.com/orange-buns/